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Sheila M. Eldred

Health Writer

Sheila Mulrooney Eldred is a graduate of Columbia’s School of Journalism and a former newspaper reporter. As a freelance health journalist, she writes about everything from life-threatening diseases to elite athletes. Her stories have appeared in The New York Times, Nature, FiveThirtyEight, Pacific Standard, STAT News, and other publications. In her spare time, she and her family love running, cross-country skiing, and mountain biking in Minneapolis.

Latest by Sheila M. Eldred

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When the Love of Your Life Has Bipolar

When bipolar disorder is in the relationship mix, you can expect to face challenges. You can also count on happiness.

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The Link Between Crohn's Disease and Colon Cancer

The scary part? Your risk of colon cancer is higher if you have Crohn's. But there’s a lot you can do to lower your odds.

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Work

How to Balance Your Career With Metastatic Breast Cancer

Being diagnosed with late-stage breast cancer shouldn’t have to mean giving up your work life—if you don’t want it to. These tips will help you stay on the job while going through treatment.

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Fitness

Ready, Set, Go! How to Keep Kids With MS Active

Don’t let a multiple sclerosis diagnosis sideline your kid from sports and play. Give them—and their cardiovascular and muscular systems—a boost with these fitness tips.

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Risk Factors

Esophageal Cancer: What It Is, How to Treat It

This cancer is relatively rare in the U.S., but four times more common in men than in women. Learn the risk factors.

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Symptoms

9 Sneaky Conditions That Mimic RA

Diagnosing rheumatoid arthritis takes some detective work, especially because so many health problems cause similar symptoms. Our guide helps you spot the clues so you can get the treatment you need.

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Living With

9 Things You Need to Know About Rheumatoid Arthritis and Sex

Don't give up! It's worth the effort, and it might actually help our RA symptoms.

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Self Care

Hey, Parents of Kids With ADHD: Your Break Awaits!

'Me time' is actually possible, even when you're managing a full schedule of appointments, therapies, and the occasional meltdown. Here's how.

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Parenting

When One of Your Kids Has ADHD and Your Others Don’t

ADHD affects the whole family. Here’s how to talk about it with your kids and how to help everyone form closer, happier relationships.

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Diagnosis

Your Beyond-the-Basics Guide to Endometrial Cancer Staging

After a cancer diagnosis, one of the first things you want to know is how far the disease has progressed. This how your doctors figure it out.